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Observation, and to be recommended to the Consideration of the fair Sex. I have often thought wrapping Gowns and dirty Linnen, with all that huddled Oeconomy of Dress which passes under the general Name of a Mob, the Bane of conjugal Love, and one of the readiest Means imaginable to alienate the Affection of an Husband, especially a fond one. I have heard some Ladies, who have been surprized by Company in such a Defhabille, apologize for it after this Manner; Truly I am ashamed to be caught in this Pickle; hut my Husband and Iwere fitting all alone by our/elves, and I did not ex peel to fee such good Company. .This by the way is a sine
Compliment to the good Man, which 'tis ten to one but he-returns in dogged Answers and a churlish Behaviour, without knowing what it is that puts him out of Humour.
EMILIA'S, Observation teaches her, that as little Inadvertencies and Neglects cast a Blemish upon a great Character; so the Neglect of Apparel, even among the most intimate Friends, does insensibly lessen their Regards to each other, by creating a Familiarity too low and contemptible. She understands the Importance of those Things which the Generality account Trifles; and considers every thing as a Matter of Consequence, that has the least Tendency towards keeping up or abating the Affection of her Husband, him she esteems a sit Object to employ her Ingenuity in pleasing, because he is to be pleased for Life.
By the Help of these, and a thousand other nameless Arts, which 'tis easier for her to practise than for another to express, by the Obstinacy of her Goodness and unprovoked Submission, in spight of all her Afll ctions and ill Ufage, Bromius is become a Man oi Sense and a kind Husband, and Emilia a happy Wife.
Y E guardian Angels to whose Care Heaven has entrusted its dear Emilia, guide her still forward in thePaths of Virtue, defend her from the Insolence and Wrongs of this undiieerning World; at length when we must no more converse'with such Purity on Earth, lead her gently hence innocent and unreproveable to a better Place, where by an easy Transition from what she now is, she may shine forth an Angel of Light. T
I 5 Saturday,
No. 303. Saturday, February 16.
Judicis argiiturn qttts non formidat acumen. Hor.'.
I Have seen in the Works of a modern Philosopher, a Map of the Spots in the Sun. My last Paper of the Faults and Blemishes in Milton's Paradise Lost, maybe considered as a Piece of the fame Nature. To pursue the. Allusion: As it is observed that among the bright Parts of the luminous Body abovementioned, there are some which glow more intensely, and dart a stronger Lighr than others; so, notwithstanding I have already shewn Milton's Poem to be very beautiful in general, I shall now proceed to take Notice of such Beauties as appear to me more exquisite than the rest. Milton has proposed' the Subject of his Poem in the following Verses.
Of Man's first bifibedience, and the Fruit
These Lines are perhaps as plain, simple and unadorned as any of the whole Poem, in which Partieular the Author has conformed himself to the Example of Homer and the Precept of Horace.
His Invocation to a Work which turns in a great measure upon the Creation of the World, is very properly made to the Muse who inspired Moses in those Books from whence our Author drew his Subject, and to the holy Spirit who is therein represented as operating after a particular manner in the sirst Production of Nature. This whole Exordium rises very happjjy into noble Language and Sentiment, as I think the Transition to the Fable is exquisitely beautiful and natural.
Th E Nine-Days Astonishment, in which the Angels lay entranced after their dreadful Overthrow and Fall from Heaven, before they could recover either the Use of Thought or Speech, is a noble Circumstance, and very finely imagined. The Division of Hell into Seas of Fire, and into sirm Ground impregnated with the fame furious Element, with that particular Circumstance of the Exclusion of Hope from those infernal Regions, are Instances of the fame great and fruitful Invention.
The Thoughts in the sirst Speech and Description of Satan, who is one of the Principal. Actors in this Poem, are wonderfully proper to give us a full Idea of him. His Pride, Envy and Revenge, Obstinacy, Despair and Impenitence, are all of them very artfully interwoven. In stiortr his sirst Speech is a Complication of all those Passions which discover themselves separately in several other of his Speeches in the Poem. The whole Part of this great Enemy of Mankind is silled with such Incidents as are very apt to raise and terrify the Reader's Imagination. Of this Nature, in the Book now before us, is his being the sirst that awakens out of the general Trance, with his Posture on the burning Lake, his rising from it, . and the Description of his Shield and Spear.
Ihus Satan talking to bis nearest Mate,
With Head up-lift above the Wave, and" Eyes
That sparkling blaz'd, his ether Parts befide
Prone on the Flood, extended long and large,
Lay floating many a Rood , t t
Forthwith upright he rears from off the Pool
His mighty Stature; on each Hand the Flames
Driv'n backwardslope their pointing Spires,and ron.il'd
In Billows, leave V th' midst a horrid vale,
Then with expanded Wings he steers his Flight
Aloft, incumbent on the dusky Air
That selt unusual Weight
-His pondrous Shield
Ethereal Temper, mastie, large and round,
Or in Valdarno, to descry new Lands,
To which we may add his Call to the fallen Angels' that lay plunged and stupisied in the Sea of Fire.
He calfd so loud, that all the hollow Deep
But there is no single Passage in the whole Poerrit" worked up to a greater Sublimity, than that wherein his Person is described in those celebrated Lines:
-He, above the rest
In Shape and Gesture proudly eminent,'
His Sentiments are every way answerable to his Chai Taster, and suitable to a created Being of the most exalted and most depraved Nature. Such is that in,which he takes Possession of his Place of Torments.
p Hail Horrors, hail
— Here at least
We shall be free; th' Almighty hath not built
Amidst those Impieties which this enraged Spirit': utters in other Places of the Poem, the Author has taken care to introduce none that is not big with Absurdity, and incapable of (hocking a religious Reader; his Words, as the Poet himself describes them,bearing only a Semblance
of Worth, not Substance. He is likewise with great Art: described as owning his - Adverfary to be Almighty.. "Whatever perverse Interpretation he puts on the Justice, . Mercy, and other Attributes of the Supreme Being, he frequently confefses his Omnipotence, that being the Perfection he was forced to allow him, and the only Consideration which could support his Pride under the Shame of his Defeat.".
Nor must I here omit that beautiful Circumstance of liis bursting out in Tears, upon his Survey of those innumerable Spirits whom he had involved in the fame Guilt and Ruin withhimself. .
-He now prepared
lo speak; whereat their double Ranks they bend
The Catalogue of evil Spirits has abundance of Learning in it, and a very agreeable turn of Poetry, which rises in a great measure from its describing the Places where they were worshipped, by those beautiful Marks of Rivers, so frequent among the. ancient Poets. The Author had doubtless in this Place Homer's Catalogue of Ships, and Virgil's List of. Warriors, in his View. The Characters of Moloch and Belial prepare the Reader's Mind for their respective Speeches and Behaviour in the second and,sixth Books. The Account of Thammuz is sinely Romantick, and suitable to what we read among the.. Ancients of the Worship which was paid to that Idol.
•Thammuz came next behind,
Whose annual Wound in Lebanon allur'd